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Visiting Faculty


Jane SpencerSpencer

DR 207 Lighting Design


Jane has been a freelance lighting designer since receiving her MFA in lighting design from UMKC in 1999.  She has designed lights for many theatres including the Denver Center Theatre Company, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Colorado Shakespeare Festival and Theatre Aspen.  At the Denver Center she has worked on several new plays including Jesus Hates Me, The Great Wall Story and Sunsets and Margaritas.  She received a Henry Award for designing The House of the Spirits at the DCTC and a Theatre Arts Guild Award for designing Bat Boy at the Omaha Playhouse in her home state of Nebraska.  Jane has spent time touring with shows, including Kenny Rogers and Ringling Brothers and also lights exhibits at the Denver Art Museum.  Some favourite exhibitions that she lit at the museum include the German painter Daniel Richter, the photographer Robert Adams and Radar, a compilation of contemporary art donated by Kent and Vicki Logan that opened the Hamilton building in 2006.  Jane enjoys the collaborative process of creating theatre and is looking forward to helping students find their voice in the creative process. 

Aoi KoenigAoi

Contemporary Dance 


Aoi Koenig (née Funakoshi) originally hails from Chiba, Japan, where she started her classical ballet study at the age of 7.  She came to US as a high school exchange student and was introduced to many different styles of dance.  She furthered her craft at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where she graduated Cum Laude with B. F. A. in Dance in 2000.  Since graduation, she has danced with both classical ballet and contemporary dance companies in US, Canada and Mexico, including Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Compania de Danza Tania Perez-Salas, Ballet Nacional de Mexico, Cas Public Production and Les Sortileges.  With them, she enjoyed performing the featured roles and toured nationally and internationally.  Since Aoi came to Colorado Springs with her husband and daughter in 2011, she has enjoyed performing with Ormao Dance Company.  She has also enjoyed teaching ballet at Ormao School.      


Aaron HartshornHartshorn

Capoeira Instructor


Often times when we describe Capoeira we try and lump it in to categories such as "break dance fighting," or, my personal favorite, "combat dancing!" But Capoeira doesn't find it's place with any of these labels. It's truly its own unique art form. When we "do" Capoeira we call it "playing," because, our goal isn't to win or beat our opponent, instead, our goal is to have a conversation with someone. Our goal is to build something together we couldn't do alone. Capoeira is beautiful, Capoeira is dangerous, and Capoeira is a game.

I have traveled and trained with countless Capoeira groups across the country, which has gained me proper perspective into this martial art. I'm soon celebrating my tenth year in Capoeira and feel very lucky I am able to share my passion for this Brazilian art form at Colorado College.


Tiffany Tinsley-WeeksTinsley-Weeks

Contemporary Dance


Tiffany was raised in Miami, Florida where she began her dance training in performing arts elementary and middle schools.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance.  While earning her BFA, she performed in choreography by Shapiro and Smith Dance, ODC/ San Francisco, Adele Myers, and Kelly Drummond Cawthon.  She was a founding member of the Florida MOD Project and Physical Theater Productions, with whom she toured nationally as a featured performer.  Tiffany was a lab dancer at Jacob’s Pillow in their collaboration with Tanglewood Music Center and later an apprentice for Shapiro and Smith Dance.  She moved to Colorado Springs and began dancing with Ormao Dance Company in 2001, where she is currently Assistant Artistic Director.  In addition to dancing with Ormao Dance Company, Tiffany is on faculty at the Colorado Springs Conservatory and Ormao Center for Contemporary Dance where she directs the Junior Repertory.  Her choreography has been nominated for the Peak Area Performer and Artists Award given for choreographic excellence for her work ‘Aria’.  Her passion for collaboration inspires her dancing, teaching and her latest choreography project ‘Flourish’ that was made possible by the Bee Vradenburg Foundation.


Dallo YayefallDallo

African Dance


I was born in the village of Thionk Essyl in the southern Casamance region of Senegal, West Africa.  I grew up there living a traditional Diola life, fishing in the river, growing rice, gathering fruit and wild food in the forest.  Dance is a central part of my culture.  Every major event in the lives of our people is celebrated with dance.  

In early 2010 I began teaching weekly classes at the Casa Verde Common House near downtown Colorado Springs, and I offer monthly dance workshops at the Marmalade studio at the Smokebrush.   I have performed at several events on the Colorado College campus, for the Imagination Celebration and the “What If” festival. 

I love teaching African dance because it allows me to share the beauty of my culture with others.


Kate Aronson

Guest Theatre Director

Kate Aronson has been a theater professional for over 25 years as an actor, director, producer, writer and teacher of theater. She taught acting, voice & speech, improv, and  theater history for many years in the professional actors’ training program at Point Park University. She has directed numerous plays in all genres of theater, from Greek comedy to Shakespeare to contemporary musicals. She has worked and studied with Robert Wilson, Cicely Berry, Meredith Monk, and Peter Brosius, among others, and has performed all over the U.S., in London and Bulgaria.  She has written, designed & produced several solo theater pieces; she co-founded, performed & toured with Squonk Opera, an experimental performance group as well as founding, producing & performing in the annual Women’s Work Festival in Pittsburgh for several years. She is also a musician and is currently in a local band called Burn the Maps.


Gail GustafsonDallo

DS 245 Laban and Bartenieff Techniques

Gail H Gustafson is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst, a Certified Pilates Instructor, a Tellington Touch Practitioner and an authorized Buddhist Meditation Instructor.  She holds a BA in Dance from St Olaf College.  Pina Bausch, Laura Dean, Warren Lamb, Meijuan Luo and Dana Reitz are some of her influential teachers.  She performed internationally with Yen Lu Wong, TNR Mobius and nationally with Zen Fred Movement Theater, Jeff Bickford Dance.  She currently teaches movement classes, meditation courses and has a private practice working with elite athletes and people to improve their action potential.


Bryan Hapcic

 Guest Lighting Designer

Brian Hapcic is an Associate Professor of Lighting and Sound Design at the University of Northern Colorado. He has worked in the entertainment industry for over twenty years, with nearly 200 design credits in multiple performance genres.




Ellie CoriellCoriell



Ellie began studying Qigong in 1993.  She has studied on three different occasions in China and numerous teacher training retreats in the United States.  She is a certified Wisdom Healing Qigong Instructor/Teacher.  Ellie is a psychotherapist who has worked in private practice since 1993.  She teaches Heart Centered Meditation and Wisdom Healing Qigong throughout the United States.


Laurence KominzCoriell

Visiting Kabuki Scholar

A Professor of Japanese Literature and Drama at Portland State University, he earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University, working under Donald Keene.  His work as translator, literary and theater historian, and teacher/director focuses on kabuki, kyôgen, and the plays of Yukio Mishima.  Books include Avatars of Vengeance:Japanese Drama and the Soga Literary Tradition, The Stars who Created Kabuki: Their Lives, Loves, and Legacy, and Mishima on Stage The Black Lizard and Other Plays.  Kominz directed Mishima’s most popular kabuki play, The Sardine Seller’s Net of Love for Willamette University in 2010, and was dramaturg for the English world premiere of Mishima's masterpiece, The Black Lizard, in a professional production in 2012.  He is currently working as dramaturg for a professional production of Okada Toshiki's play, Enjoy, for CoHo Theater.  Kominz' students present traditional dance and kyôgen plays in English, or a kabuki play every spring in Portland, and the bravura kabuki play, The Medicine Peddler, was enthusiastically received when last produced in 2012. 


CoriellJeff Bickford

Lighting Designer

Jeff Bickford has designed lighting for dance and theater for 30 years in theaters large and small in North and South America.  Among the companies he has designed for are:  The Mark Morris Dance Group, Pat Graney Company, Alice B. Theater, Bill Evans Dance Company, Seattle Mime Theater, Morca Dance, Radost Folk Ensemble, and Carmona Flamenco.  In addition he has taught stage production and design for dance at Cornish College of the Arts. As a choreographer and dancer, he directed JeffBickford Dance and Zen Fred Movement Theater in Seattle from 1984 to 1999. His principle teacher in lighting, design, and choreography was Alwin Nikolai.